Prayer For Brotherly Love Towards Others
Powerful Prayers for Love [Quotes & Bible Verses]
HIS love is unlimited for all eternity.
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” – Song of Solomon 8:3
Love might just be the most powerful entity that affects both the emotional and mental states. In other words, love can alter the way we act and think about a particular individual/entity.
A mother's love for her child is always unparalleled and a man’s always so possessive of the attention his lady shows. We can even call that jealousy and from experience, the greater the love, the greater the jealousy. That said, God is an extremely jealous Father.
He is also an all-encompassing family that offers so much more in our times of need. So, His love compels Him to be with us through thick and thin. And since we're our Father's children, we can't help but emulate such characteristics.
Still, attention must be paid to the fact that tempering the love of God with ours leads to an eternal bond between people. And in favor of such blessing, we have the following love prayers that work quite well.
Prayer for Love to Return
God, I thank You for granting me the resolve to stand before You today in acceptance of my faults and wrongs. I know I have treated him/her badly and the pain I'm feeling is due to my levity on the part of his/her feelings.
Please, God, I pray for an opportunity from You to apologise for my wrongdoings. He or she is the other half of me—the one that makes me whole. Father, I believe he or she is my completion and I pray that he returns to me. With open hands, I'll welcome him/her into my warm embrace.
Thank You once again for another miracle, Amen.
Prayer about Love for Others
Loving You is the best thing that has happened to me Oh Lord. You have stood by me ever since the fateful day that I accepted Your company. You have showered me with Your pure love, blessings, miracles, and divine protection. In fact, this prayer is only due to Your power.
By which, You kept me alive to see today and to make a request. I pray, Father in Heaven that You open the eyes of my family and friends. And for the ones who love You I do, Father keep both their eyes and mine open to Your devotion and adoration. I bless Your divine name for this deep and short prayer for love.
In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
Prayer for Love and Happiness
Looking back Lord, I understand that happiness is key to having a love-filled relationship. And from my experiences also, I know You hold that key.
God, I want You to open the door of joy in our lives so that this relationship will endure. It will easily endure ups and downs and the trials of time.
Let me breathe in the aroma of sweet love and fully immerse myself in the happiness given by my partner. Father, I give thanks to Your name over the answered prayers, Amen.
Prayer for the One You Love
Love is the emotion that drives me here Lord. I love him/her enough to pray on his/her behalf and You love me enough to make level all my worries. Father, I need You to take good care of “Name”.
He/she, despite the act, is always in need of Your favour and I pray that You show him/her more than enough. He/she shall be protected, raised heads about others, and miracles will be performed in his or her life.
Praises be sung about Your everlasting mercy, and In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer for Love and Marriage
As required by every child Lord, I bring my beloved to ask for Your blessing. He or she has been faithful, caring, and patient—so, I stand before You today, basking in Your glow as I ask that he/she be the one for me.
I want a peaceful and joy-filled marriage that'll be inseparable. Love shall be shared between us and there will be calm always. Father, prosperity in the areas of procreation, financial stability, and spiritual awareness shall complement our love.
I thank You for Your daily attention to my needs, Amen.
Bible Verses for Love
A few bible verses compiled for your consumption daily.
“Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:22-24
The relationship between man and wife has been established from the beginning. Such meetings with your significant others are thus ordained by God.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Completion cannot be attained without a significant other. In fact, life isn't so simple without your other and the verse above explains what that is about.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8This is the kind of love that our Father has towards us. It's also the kind of love that we should emulate towards each other (significant other, friends, and family).
“A friend loves at all times.” – Proverbs 17:17
The word “friend” isn't limited to your close pals only. It's a position that can be filled by God, your partner, and family.
What Is Brotherly Love In The Bible? A Bible Definition of Brotherly Love
What does the Bible say about brother love? How do the Scriptures define it?
Who is my Brother?
Jesus once told the Parable of the Good Samaritan when asked “Who is my brother?” In this parable Jesus (Luke 10:25-37) shows that it is basically anyone in need and not someone who is only a blood relative so brotherly love is shown to all men and women who need help at various times in their lives, just as we do from time to time.
Just as the author of Hebrews says in 13:1 “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters” so it has nothing really to do with one’s own immediate family but those who we encounter during our lifetime and the imperative “keep on loving” means that it’s not a onetime act but an ongoing action which is why we’re told to “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom 12:10). By the way “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). You cannot call someone brother while hating them. If you do, you can’t claim to love God.
The Greatest of Love
Truly there is no greater love than someone who is willing to die for their friends (John 15:13) and that is exactly what Jesus did (Rom 5:8). Jesus says that this is how people “will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Those who are brothers and sisters “have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind” (1 Pet 3:8) and this is how “We know that we have passed death into life, because we love the brothers” (1 John 3:14).
This love of God is revealed when we “Love [our] enemies [and] do good to those who hate [us]” (Luke 6:27). Sometimes hate and love is very closely related because the opposite of love isn’t hate, its indifference or apathy.
Jesus was the epitome of love which was displayed on the cross and shown to those who were crucifying Him when He said “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
We may not realize that they didn’t take Jesus by surprise and by force to kill Him because He actually said “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.
This charge I have received from my Father” (John 10:18) and “I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:15) which is why He said “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels” (Matt 26:53)? Just think, Jesus voluntarily died for us while we were still sinners (Rom 5:8) and even worse, while we were still His enemies (Rom 5:10). That is the greatest love of all.
A Brother Loves at all Times
I have a very close friend and brother who is really closer than my own blood brother and it is true that “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov 17:17).
He isn’t afraid to tell me the truth and doesn’t worry abfending me when I’m wrong because “Faithful are the wounds of a friend [but] profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Prov 27:6). The most brotherly thing he can do is to tell me the truth when I am wrong so that I can grow and learn something.Insincere flattery really gets me nowhere which is why Solomon wrote “Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue” (Prov 28:23) for it is far better to “Let a righteous man strike me–that is a kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head” (Psalm 141:5).
For me, he is that “friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov 18:24b). He willingly choses to honor others above himself (Rom 12:10b) and to esteem others better than himself (Phil 2:3).
The Highest Love
In the Book of 1st John chapter four, John uses the Greek word “agape” (as a noun) or as a verb “agapao” and this is the highest level of all loves mentioned in the Bible. It is much higher than brotherly love (Greek, “philia”).
It is the same love that Jesus showed on the cross and spoke of that God loved the world so much that He predetermined to gives His one and only unique Son, Jesus Christ, to die for those who would believe in Him (John 3:16). The word used for love is “agapao” and is a love that someone has where they’re willing to die for those who hate them and are unworthy (which is all of us).
The Apostle John understood this love because He was there with Jesus during His earthly ministry and observed Him dying on the cross. This must have been what He was thinking about when he wrote “let us love (agapaō) one another, for love (agape) is from God, and whoever loves (agapaō) has been born of God and knows God.
Anyone who does not love (agapaō) does not know God, because God is love (agape)” (1 John 4:7-8) and “In this the love (agape) of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
In this is love (agape), not that we have loved (agapaō) God but that he loved (agapaō) us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10). Here we see that God loved us first. God made the first move and so we should love our brothers and our sisters in a way that is self-sacrificing and even if it means giving your life for your friends or brothers and sisters.
God is love but love typically produces obedience and for all who refuse to repent and believe in Christ, they receive justice.
For those who do trust in Christ, they receive what they don’t deserve (called grace) and have withheld what the really did deserve (called mercy).
Which side are you on? Do you have eternal life (John 3:36a) or do you still have the wrath of God still abiding on you (John 3:36b)?
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas.
Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.
Love One Another with Brotherly Affection
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Our focus this time is on the two exhortations in verse 10. “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” These are addressed to the church. The “one another” is not everybody, but fellow believers in the church.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have affection for an unbeliever. You surely can. And it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t honor unbelievers. You surely should (1 Peter 2:7). But the focus here is on the church. Wherever else you have affection, have it here.
And whomever else you honor, show honor here.
Three Questions on Affection and Honor Toward One Another
I have three questions: What? Why? And How? What is affection toward fellow believers, and what does it mean to honor each other? Why is this commanded? Why is it important? And finally, how to you experience it? How do you have affection for a believer you may not even ? How do you honor believers who may do dishonorable things?
What is affection? And what is honor? Both of these words (in v. 10a), “love” and “brotherly affection,” are emotion-laden words. They ruin immediately the stoic, Christian notion that we don’t have to people but we should love them.
Of course, it’s true that you can love someone (in one sense) you don’t . That is, you can do good things for them. You can help them and treat them respectfully, even if coolly. But that is not the kind of love Paul is talking about here.
There are two implications in these words for love. One (philostorgoi = love) is the comfortable at-homeness you feel with a favorite old sweater or a 13 year-old dog, or the chair you’ve sat in for decades, or a friend that you feel so easy with there’s not the slightest thought of self-consciousness about keeping the conversation going or worrying about times of silence.The other word, “brotherly affection” (philadelphia), is just what it says. It’s the affection of a family that comes with long familiarity and deep bonds.
Of course you can have squabbles and get mad, but let some bully pick on your brother, and the family affection shows a powerful side.
Or let one of the family members get a life-threatening sickness or even die, and there will be a kind of tears that do not come for others.
This is what we are supposed to have for each other in the church. Don’t react by saying, “I can’t do that. There are too many weirdoes and gooalls and emotional misfits in the church.” Since when are the commands of God supposed to be doable in our own strength? “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
What about showing honor? Verse 10b says, “Outdo one another in showing honor.” What is that? Honor is different from affection. You can honor a person for whom you have no affection. Paul doesn’t want you to choose between these.
Do both he says. But they are different. Honoring someone is treating them with your deeds and your words as worthy of your service. They may not be worthy of it. But you can do it anyway.
Some honoring means treating people better than they deserve.
For example, Paul says to Christian slaves, “Let all who are under a yoke as slavesregard their own masters as worthy of all honor” (1 Timothy 6:1). They may be scoundrels, but you can “regard” them as worthy of honor. You can count them worthy, the way God counts you righteous. That doesn’t mean you don’t see their faults. But you act and you speak to honor them.
Another example is in 1 Corinthians 12:23. He gives a comparison between weak members of the church and certain parts of the human body: “On those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor.” So showing honor is not always a response to something or someone being honorable.What does it mean to “outdo one another in showing honor”? I think it boils down to “prefer to honor rather than be honored.” If you try to out honor someone it means you love to honor more than you love to be honored.
You enjoy elevating others to honor more than you enjoy being elevated to honor. So don’t be giving energy to how you can be honored, but how you can honor. Put to death the craving for honor.
Cultivate the love of honoring others.
And beware of honoring only one kind of person—one race, or one socio-economic class, or one educational level, or one sex, or one age, or one way of dressing, or one bodyweight, or one personality. God gets really angry when he sees this kind of dishonoring in the church. For example, James 2:1-6 shows the kind of failure to honor that really displeases the Lord.
My brothers,show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention [=show honor] to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored [!] the poor man.
So, Bethlehem, let us prefer to honor more than we prefer to be honored. And beware of doing it with partiality.
Now, second, why is this so important? Why does it matter that we have affection for each other and that we prefer to honor each other?
I am assuming it matters because the Bible tells us to do it. So now I am seeking to get into the mind of God as it is revealed in Scripture and understand why he commands affection and honor.
2.1. First, God commands that we love with affection and that we honor each other because these two experiences (along with the others in Romans 12) show the reality of our new nature in Christ.In other words, there are behaviors that are natural and fitting for those who are born again and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and are justified by faith and are treasuring Christ and are hoping in the glory of God. These are behaviors that are fitting and natural and proper. They come fruit.
Don’t read into this by saying: if it’s natural and comes out fruit then it wouldn’t need to be commanded.
Affection is natural because the new birth means that we are all born into the same family. We have one Father, and we are all brothers and sisters. 1 John 5:1 says, “Everyone who loves the Father loves whomever has been born of him.
” In other words, love for the Father shows itself in love for the children. Affection for God brings affection for his children. We will spend eternity with each other in the sweetest possible relationships. There will be no suspicion or animosity or resentment or disapproval in heaven.
God commands us to live in the light of that family reality now.
And the preference to honor others more than to be honored is also a natural fruit and demonstration that we have been so incredibly honored by God and that nature is in us. We are not honorable in relation to God. We are infinitely dishonorable to God in ourselves.
We have brought great discredit on God for how little we love him and how much we prefer other things to him.
Nevertheless God has given his Son on our behalf while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:6)—while we were yet dishonoring him—and honored us by rescuing us from sin and death and hell and Satan and by giving us a place at his table.
And beyond all natural comprehension the sovereign Son of God not only honored us by washing our feet while he was here on earth (John 13:1ff), but in Luke 12:37 it pictures the second coming this: “He will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.”
We have been so immeasurably honored in mercy that not to prefer to honor as we have been honored is to betray that we have not tasted the treasure of our salvation.Loving with affection and preferring to honor are important because they show our new nature in Christ. That is the way children of God treat each other. It’s in their spiritual DNA.
2.2. Second, God demands that we love with affection and prefer to honor each other because this strengthens and confirms the faith of those we love affectionately and honor.
When you are on the receiving end of affection and merciful honor in the body of Christ you experience the confirmation that you are indeed in the family. God means for all things to be done for the upbuilding of that confidence and joy (1 Corinthians 14:26).
Loving with affection and preferring to honor are two ways of confirming and strengthening the faith of others.
2.3. Third, God demands that we love with affection and prefer to honor over being honored because this displays the glory of Christ, because he is the one who enables us to live this way and this is a portrait of his own character.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” The tenderness of our relations is rooted in the tenderness of God in Christ. And when we elevate someone by becoming their servant, we are painting a picture of the way Christ was among us.
So loving affectionately and preferring to honor displays the glory of Christ.
2.4. Fourth, God demands that we love with affection and honor each other because this lures the world to love him and all that he is for them in Christ. When you magnify Christ by loving Christians affectionately and outdoing each other in showing honor, the world will see and be more inclined to glorify God (Matthew 5:16).
When you read the History of Christian Missions by Stephen Neill (Penguin Books, 1966), what you see is that the remarkable growth of the early Church in the Roman Empire was owing, under God, especially to the kind of community they created, not in communes, but in networks of loyal, loving, humble, affectionate, respectful, sacrificial relationships.The fearful and fragmented pagans saw it and were drawn (pp. 41-43).
In other words, there are reasons for why Paul commands us to love each other with affection and outdo one another in showing honor. These things are not Christmas ornaments on the tree of faith. They are branches, or fruit, on the tree of faith. They belong to the very nature of who we are in Christ.
Finally the question: How? How do you have affection for a believer you may not even ? How do you honor a believers who may do dishonorable things?
Everything in the Bible is written to answer this question. Everything I preach is aimed to answer this question. Because everything God does he does to make his children what we ought to be. So receive everything from God as a means of grace to make you love with affection and honor others.
But let me draw out a few practical things. The most basic I will just sum up together in a sentence.
To become the kind of person who loves believers with affection and prefers to show honor rather than get honor you need to know that God commanded this; you need to know that these things belong to the very nature of your newness in Christ (they are fruit not ornaments); you need to admit that you can’t be this kind of person without divine enablement (you can’t create real affection and authentic honor); and you need therefore to pray earnestly and regularly that God would do whatever he has to do to make you more and more into this kind of affectionate and honoring person. Those are the biblical basics. Practically, I would add . . .
3.1. Preach to yourself that other believers, no matter how imperfect, are the children of God, your Father. Tell yourself the truth that they are your brothers and sisters, forever. Remind yourself that Christ shed his blood for them. They are forgiven for all the things about them that make you upset. They are justified by faith alone.
Don’t claim that doctrine in word and deny it in your action. If God has clothed them with the righteousness of Christ, you clothe them with the righteousness of Christ. Yes they do bad things. Yes, they have bad attitudes. Yes, they are immature and annoying. But don’t dishonor the blood of Christ that covers all that.
Glorify Christ’s finished work by the way you apply it to them. And then let affection grow.3.2. Look for evidences of grace in their flawed lives. Every believer has evidences of grace. God is at work in every saint. Don’t dishonor the work of God by only complaining about the works of the flesh. Look for the evidences of grace. This is what God is going to do for you at the last judgment.
He is going to gather up all the Ds and Fs in your life and burn them. Then he will spread out your Cs and Bs and rejoice over the evidences of grace in your life. (I don’t think there will be many As and certainly no A+s). Do for others now what God will do for you then. Rejoice over every evidence of grace. We do this with our children.
Let us do it for each other. Let wideness of grace waken more and more affection.
3.3. Remember you were once utterly alienated from God and cut off without hope (Ephesians 2:12). You were undeserving of all divine affection and all divine honor. But God has given you both in Jesus Christ.
In Philippians 2:3 Paul says humility or lowliness (tapeinophrosune) is the key to “counting others better than our selves”—that is, counting them worthy of our service. “In humility count others more significant than yourselves.
” So never forget your undeserving position. It’s the seed of true affection for others.
Perhaps the most important answer to the question How can I become this kind of person? is: Wake up and realize and feel the preciousness of God’s mercy to you personally.
Remember how this chapter begins: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers,by the mercies of God” (Romans 12:1). Yes, by the mercies of God, we will love each other with brotherly affection. By the mercies of God we will outdo one another in showing honor.
When a person has been plucked from a burning building, or from a sinking ship, or from a dread disease, everything looks precious, especially people. Oh, how affectionate we are to the people on the shore where we have just been saved. Well, that is our true condition. Wake up to it. Revel in it. Revel in mercy.
And affections for God’s people will grow and you will love to honor them.